Best Ideas 2020 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Girl Inspire Project
Published on June 27, 2020 um 19:24
Explain your idea in details:
Child marriage is a human rights violation and a practice that undermines efforts to promote sustainable development. And this remains a major challenge in Uganda. In 2015, a research was carried out in 9 districts and it was found out that the practice of child marriages affect 60% of the young girls in Uganda of which 15% are married by age of 15 and 49% by the age of 18.Teenage pregnancies remain high(24%) although statistics show a declining trend. This implies that a number of adolescent girls and boys are denied their childhood and their rights to exploit the expanded education opportunities. This inhibits girls and boys general personal capability and career development. Many are trapped in a cycle of poverty due the limited opportunities for employment. The needs of children who are already married must not be overlooked. To mitigate the increased health, economic, and educational risks posed by child marriage, the project aims to train equip and empower these young girls through mushroom growing and production to enhance their incomes Objectives (i)girls equipped with skills and knowledge of sustainable mushroom growing approaches for mushroom production to earn better incomes ; (ii) Having the capacity of these girls strengthened to acquire better techniques of value addition to produce high quality dried mushrooms to attract local, national and international market that leads to better prices and increased incomes ; (iii) Economically empowered girls able to resist exploitation and advocate for their rights; Activities. -selection -training sessions -provison of equipment -monitoring and evaluation Innovative approaches - Train, equip and empower. Involvement and Participation of affected members. Labor Groups and Demonstrations.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Girls take up mushroom growing rather than being exploited in working peoples gardens Girls gain employment and become self-reliant as well as start owning property notably land, houses and equipment. Girls become confident and assertive to confront effects of child early marriages. Empowered girls able to demand for their rights and dignity Job creation by girls Skilled and knowledgeable girls capable of growing high quality mushrooms More girls engaged in income generating ventures for self-reliance and economic freedom Saving culture initiated and adopted by the beneficiaries. Indicators Increasing demand for mushroom products. Increasing local groups and individuals requesting for trainings. Tested results and success of those who have benefited from the trainings. Increasing Visits to the farm.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Mushrooms are a delicacy among almost all members of society in Uganda and therefore have ready market from restaurants, hotels, homes, schools, churches, hospitals and supermarkets. Mushroom growing does not require land ownership, which makes it very interesting for these vulnerable girls working in stone quarries. In addition, production of mushrooms takes a very short period and brings financial returns in a short time. Required raw materials and equipment are locally available and affordable to acquire and maintain. The health and economic benefits obtained from mushrooms are to become a milestone in redeeming girls from abject poverty. Therefore, a financial return obtained from sale of mushrooms is to ensure sustainability of the project by the beneficiaries. Good financial management procedures are to be emphasized to ensure proper utilization and re-investment of income from the sale of mushrooms into the project by the beneficiaries while maintaining credit and saving systems.
I am ahabwe canary,born on 29th/ 09/1996,from kaneohe sheema district Uganda.my passion for agriculture started way back while at the age of 12 years,and after my high school, did a national certificate in Agriculture and then went to Isreal where I learnt skills in mushroom growing. That's one of my motivations,but more to that,the desire to share knowledge with many other unemployed youth remains infallible. Testimonials of how our project is impacting the community is depicted in the attached video.
Our contribution to achieving SDGs
Stage of Idea
At the farm
Girls on the Training
Fresh packed oyster mushroom